Is it illegal fora car dealership to sell me without telling me that it was a salvage?

I purchased a car from a dealership in 02/10. After registering in 07/10and receiving the tittle. I relized that I had been sold a rebuilt car (salvage vehicle). What I do I do next?

Asked on July 20, 2010 under General Practice, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not it was illegal depends on how the car was represented to you and what the contract or agreement of sale calls for. If you were told that the car was not rebuilt, or the contract in some fashion indicated that it was not rebuilt, then the dealership may well have committed breach of contract and/or fraud (depending on circumstances). On the other hand, if, hypothetically, the dealership never said anything one way or another--even indirectly; so they never implied the car was not rebuilt--and you never asked about that or said you would not buy a rebuilt car, and the contract does not say anything one way or another, it may be the case that the dealership did nothing wrong. If the car works and is what they represented to you, it is not clear that a dealership needs always to disclose the past history of the vehicle, especially if the customer does not inquire.

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